Our Commitment to Giving
Committed to being an active and supportive member of our local and global communities.
There are so many ways for us to make an impact with our philanthropic efforts. We are committed to being an active and supportive member of our local and global communities as we strive to make a difference in the lives of our neighborhoods near and far. We make every effort to support as many organizations and individuals as possible, with consideration to our areas of focus, timing of requests received, and our annual giving budget.
We have chosen to focus our efforts on key areas including employee giving, paid service hours that we lovingly call "Donate-a-Day" events, micro-loans, donations & sponsorships. See below to learn more about each of these avenues of giving.
By focusing on the following areas of commitment, we can reach a varied population of our community, and the community at large, and share in the continual effort to better the lives of those around us.
Interested in becoming a recipient of a gift or sponsorship? Apply here.
There are many charitable organizations that do great work to make our community a better place. We invite employees to nominate the charitable organizations that are meaningful to them and then request that all employees complete a survey to arrive at the top five organizations that we donate to each year. This process ensures that we are offering equal representation to the nominated organizations and this rotation allows us to reach as many organizations as possible.
Once the yearly selections have been made, our employees then have the opportunity to vote for how our donations will be distributed to the organizations and individuals. Each employee votes using a wooden coin, each associated with a dollar value. We then tally up the number of coins for each organization, write a check based on the votes received, and put it into the mail with a note of gratitude for the work they do to better our communities.
Below are a few of the organizations we’ve supported over the years:
While it is certainly important to us to give to our community, we feel that it is our privilege to give through service. Harkening to our Core Purpose of "making lives better," our choice to dedicate company time to volunteer work within our community is vital to the well roundedness of our people and our business.
With all of our employees banding together, we are able to infuse significant labor hours to support our local organizations. These volunteer hours provide a vital service to groups and organizations within our communities that often lack consistent volunteers and typically have limited funding. Since our Giving Committee members oversee these in-person events, it allows our employees to select local charities of their choice to give back to and hosting these events opens the door for all employees to volunteer opportunities where we might not otherwise be able to dedicate personal time. Even our remote employees are provided a pathway to volunteer in their local community if they are unable to travel to Portland for our Donate-a-Day events.
Giving through our Donate-a-Day events not only provides a valuable service to our community, it also truly enriches our lives for doing so.
Once a year, Kinco shuts its doors while all of our employees donate a full 8-hour workday to doing volunteer work in the community. We have spent time at local organizations helping with day-to-day tasks; rallied together as a group to clean-up local parks, perform repairs, paint a school, and plant gardens. It’s just a small way to give back to our community while spending time together as a team.
Kinco® has also chosen to help entrepreneurs and individuals all around the world, who might not otherwise qualify for a business loan, through Kiva's micro-loan lending platform.
Learn more at Kiva.org
Our Kiva Committee is dedicated to meeting monthly to determine who to lend money to based on applicants that most closely represents the Kinco® Core Values and our aforementioned areas of focus. The committee celebrates and supports individuals and groups looking to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. These individuals are not simply given the money – they must work to pay back the loan, interest free – and thus we are able to relend that money to other individuals in need.
We are privileged to give to our community through product and monetary donations and sponsorships. Since we are in the glove business, we ofted direct our giving towards those that use our gloves. In addition, we aim to support the education and vocational improvement of young people and those in need who will benefit from our gloves or support.
Each year, Kinco® receives hundreds of requests for monetary and/or product donations and sponsorships. While we take all requests seriously and review each and every one - gifts are awarded on merit and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Our committee meets in January and July to read submissions, select recipients, and determine the allocation of our gifts. The process of selecting recipients for our giving program is lengthy, so we ask that you submit your request as far in advance as possible to ensure that our team has time to review your application. Deadline for the January review is December 31st, and deadline for the July review is June 30th; please plan to submit your application based on this schedule.
Please complete the form below to tell us about you, your organization, and your efforts to be considered for donation or sponsorship. The more information you provide – the better. These details - along with supportive images, information that conveys your merit and fit, and an explanation how a gift will benefit your cause - are highly-encouraged as this allows us to best determine award recipients.
Upon completion of the form, you will receive a confirmation email which signifies that we have successfully received your submission. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk mailbox - if you have still not received this confirmation email, please let us know.
If you are selected as a gift recipient, our Giving Committee will contact you in order to make arrangements for the fulfillment of your gift. If you are not selected upon your original submission, we encourage you to resubmit your request for future consideration. Please be advised, if you have received gift from Kinco one year, we cannot guarantee that you will be the recipient of a gift the following year.